Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Won’t Run in 2016

By on 1.12.15 | 6:44PM

I'm not sure if this is surprising, considering he was on a losing ticket in 2012, but Paul Ryan will not be running for President a second time. Although it does not say that he's declining the opportunity out of fear that he could end up on a ticket with Mitt Romney again, I'm sure that played into his decision.

At any rate, he is at peace with the decision and will, instead, continue to seek his rent in the House.

I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House.

"It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people - from friends and supporters - but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that," he said.

The nine-term congressman believes he can make that "big difference" in his new role as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee rather than as a presidential contender.

My Interview of Paul Ryan

By on 8.20.14 | 10:35AM

Yesterday I had the chance to interview Congressman (and former VP candidate) Paul Ryan for Colorado's Afternoon News on 850 KOA (Denver.) It was a short interview, but good stuff:


Paul Ryan Dismisses Tea Party-Establishment Divide

By on 3.6.14 | 11:11AM

In his CPAC speech this morning, Rep. Paul Ryan dismissed accusations that internal divisions are splitting up the GOP, and said conflicting strategies are a natural part of politics. "I'm Irish," he quipped. "That's what I call family."

Can Paul Ryan End Poverty?

By on 3.3.14 | 12:17PM

Forget Afghanistan or Iraq—the United States's longest war has been against poverty. Since the days of Lyndon B. Johnson, the “war on poverty” has raged on. But as we look at the outskirts of our communities, we still see the poor. There are still Americans who cannot afford a safe home or food. With Obama’s new initiative to battle inequality, The Washington Post reports that Congressman Paul Ryan has some different ideas:

“There are nearly 100 programs at the federal level that are meant to help, but they have actually created a poverty trap,” Ryan said in an interview. “There is no coordination with these programs, and new ones are frequently being added without much consideration to how they affect other programs. We’ve got to fix the situation, and this report is a first step toward significant reform.”

House Overwhelmingly Approves Budget Deal

By on 12.12.13 | 6:47PM

The votes are in and, for those of us who opposed Ryan-Murray, it’s not pretty:

The House on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that turns off $63 billion in sequester spending cuts, handing a major victory to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.).

Large majorities in both parties backed the bill in a 332-94 vote.

Only 62 Republicans defected despite harsh criticism of the deal by conservative groups that said it did too little to cut spending.

Dissenting on the Budget Deal

By on 12.12.13 | 12:23PM

Ross Kaminsky leads the lineup this morning with a thoughtful piece on Rep. Paul Ryan’s and Sen. Patty Murray’s budget deal. Allow me to voice my dissent.

Kaminsky asks in his headline “A bad deal compared to what?” The answer is: current levels of sequester spending. Here’s the Wall Street Journal with a distilled outline of the plan:

In the interest of achieving the simple goal of keeping the government funded, the two parties staked out a narrow slice of common ground—a set of fee increases and spending cuts in future years that allowed a modest increase in spending in the next two years. But neither party had to swallow hard to accept something it opposed; neither claimed any big policy trophies.

Paul Ryan: Republicans Can’t ‘Get Rattled’ in Conflicts With Obama

By on 1.26.13 | 1:15PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Republicans "have to be smart" in opposing President Obama, Wscionsin Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday in a speech to the National Review Summit.

"If we play into his hands, we will betray the voters who supported us -- and the country we mean to serve," said Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman who was the Republican vice presidential candidate last year. "We can’t let that happen. We have to be smart. We have to show prudence."

Speaking to some 700 conservatives gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Ryan warned that Obama "will bait us. He’ll portray us as cruel and unyielding. ... The way he tells it, it’s the president -- and only the president -- who’s trying to fix our bridges, to feed our children, to care for seniors, to clean our water. ... But we can’t get rattled. We won’t play the villain in his morality plays. We have to stay united. We have to show that -- if given the chance -- we can govern. We have better ideas."


Biden’s goal was the wrong one

By on 10.11.12 | 11:25PM

The expectations were set incredibly low for Joe Biden. As Ryan would put it to him during the debate, "Sometimes words don't come out of your mouth the right way," eliciting laughter from the gallery. As a man who wouldn't be taken seriously entering this debate, he couldn't possibly be more buffoonish. So why not go ballistic and interrupt Ryan at every turn?

The move paid off. The only times Ryan got to enjoy uninterrupted time to make his pitch to the American people were during his opening and closing statements. Every other moment was shared with Biden or the moderator, Martha Radditz.

Ryan's strength comes from his knowledge of the math and the numbers. He needed to establish with the American people that he was a competent, thoughtful aspiring vice presidential candidate who could work across the aisle. Just a month ago, he was being protrayed as a right-wing radical with ideas too crazy for independents. That's why his pitch was so focused on how he would focus on working with Democrats to reach a solution on the budget or on foreign policy, contrasting that to the experience of Obama's first term. 

Political Hay

The Democrats’ War on Paul Ryan

By 4.25.11

It sounds very much like the liberal warnings against welfare reform.

The Congressional Spectator

Open for Business

By 4.11.11

But avoiding a government shutdown is only one step toward outdoing Newt Gingrich.